Legendary Friday Brunch at Long’s Bar

Cheap and cheerful pub brunch at a local institution

Legendary Friday Brunch at Long’s Bar
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Long’s bar certainly is legendary. So much so that at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019, it was among the first-ever inductees into the brand’s Hall of Fame.

A stalwart of Dubai’s pub scene for almost two decades, Long’s is named after its central island bar, which it still claims is the longest bar in the Middle East. Plenty of room for tucking your knees under at its four-hour Friday brunch, then.

We’ll start by saying that it’s an exceptional value brunch, at Dhs199 for the house drinks package (and yes, certain two-for-one discount offers do tend to apply). If you’re looking for reprieve from the city’s more lavish (and lavishly priced) Friday sessions, you’ll find it here.

No waiters fussing over your water glasses, no live foie gras station, and no ordering made-to-order dishes from the menu.
But who needs all of that anyway? This is essentially a big fat bargain lunch, with a buffet at one end of the room, cold drinks served from the centre and TV screens showing everything from the IPL to the NBA wallpapering everywhere else.

Grab a plate and pile it high with salads, cold cuts and fat wedges of cheese, or have a piping hot omelette made to order by The Man with a Pan.

Roast lamb is carved on request, with Yorkshires, veg and potatoes all ready to be smothered in gravy.

Slightly disappointing is a section of samosas, onion rings and the like, which don’t appear to be reaping any of the supposed benefits of sitting under a heat lamp. Nor, unfortunately, does a separate section of meats, whose ribs and sausages are
just as tepid.

Pah, you came here for the cheap pints.

Load a plate up with nachos, slap on a side of shepherd’s pie and put the world to rights as you get swept up in the excitement of VAR all over again.

Long’s Bar’s brunch may not be as legendary as the pub itself, but you’re not here for a five-star feed.
It’s about the conviviality of a Friday afternoon at the pub, and a price tag that allows mates to meet up more than once a month. Don’t mind if we do.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages), Dhs269 (premium beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).

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